It has been all about buckles this week here at Buttons @ Paddington. That hardly ever thought about, clever little device that is used for fastening two loose ends. Before the invent of the zipper, the buckle was indispensable in securing two ends together. One loose end was attached to the buckle, the other end was held by a catch in a secure but adjustable manner. What an ingenious idea!
Spring sewing ideas are continuously popping into my head at the moment, and this week when my attention was drawn to the huge collection of buckles we have in the shop, I couldn’t help but start thinking of ways to use the clever little clasps. The basic buckle frame comes in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the intended use and fashion of the era. I spent the morning at the shop selecting just some of the many buckles we have to put into a new display. We have designs ranging from the oversized and elaborate Bakelite style thermoset plastic buckle from the 1900’s, to the simple, funky, retro plastic ones from the 1950s.
Buckles are as much in use today as they have been in the past. And now, they can be used for much more than just securing one’s belt, they can also be the perfect accessory to an outfit. What better accessory is there to wear with those Summer frocks I am making! The dresses, mind you, are coming together slowly, what with the distraction of all the “new” vintage patterns and fasteners and finishings that keep arriving in the shop. I’m thinking of making some belts that I can change the buckles on. Perhaps using favourite fabrics, our stunning American ribbons and even some vintage lace.
Do you collect buckles or make belts? We would love to see your work!